There are plenty of ways to schedule your exercise routine, but one of the most common is with a friend. It’s the reason group exercise classes, crossfit and other fitness formats exist. For whatever reason, humans are drawn to groups & a sense of community. This concept is especially visible when one is doing an less-desirable activity like a tough workout. However, the benefits of exercising with a partner are unquestionable, so if you haven’t already, here are three great reasons to start working out with a friend.
One of the most obvious among the benefits of exercising with a partner is accountability. As a personal trainer, I say it often that besides Starting, the most difficult part of any exercise goal is Keeping Going. Absolutely everyone, even pro athletes, have trouble staying on their routine. Adding a friend to your workout routine can help increase accountability by making things feel easier & more relaxed. Plus a friend may get upset at the idea of skipping and essentially peer-pressure you into sticking with it! Once again, don’t get upset, because one day down the line it’ll be reversed and that friend will need you!
In addition to accountability, friendly competition is one of the other great benefits of exercising with a partner. Sometimes a workout buddy is needed to just help us get through the minimum workout. However, other times, a workout buddy fuels & motivates you to push yourself much harder! Another common trait of human beings is the drive to be better than others. Sometimes a competitive drive can cause problems, but in this case, it can cause serious gains in the gym! So a workout buddy can not only keep you going, but help you progress faster than you would have on your own!
Lastly, a workout partner provides us support. Support almost sounds like accountability, but in this case it’s affecting you differently. Specifically, the type of support we’re referring to is encouragement through the tough times. Fitness by definition isn’t easy after all. With it comes not only tough workouts, but hard truths to face. Some gym-goers don’t progress as well as others, some can’t complete certain exercises at all. And lastly, some just need the gym as a way of coping with the life outside the gym. For all of these struggles, a workout buddy can be right there by your side. This level of support would take a serious amount of mental energy & drive to fill on one’s own; energy many of us might not have. So for when the going gets tough, reach out for some friendly support!
All in all, a workout buddy can provide many things. A workout buddy can keep someone from falling off the wagon, push them farther than they thought possible & stick by when things are down.